Firstly I'm going to say I'm a non smoker so can't relate to how hard it must be so I wish u so much luck and success.
Secondly - as a student midwife in my final year of a four year degree here in Nz I want to say some things that I learnt recently I'm a smoke change workshop that may or may not help one thing I remember clearly is that some ppl swore by being asked if they would give their baby that smoke to hold, or blow their smoke in their babies face? Not as a 'u should feel guilty tactic' but more of a way of imaging it to try curb cravings another piece of advice given was make changes u can make. Cut down to a certain number, try skipping a smoke at a certain time, flicking coffee if that makes u crave one. Replace 'smoking time' with a walk, a milkshake, just something else we learnt also that if u stop smoking before 15 wks all effects are reversed by birth effects to placenta and to babies oxygen intake etc so I know u are 21 wks so just think u would still be more than likely able to reverse any effects or reduce them loads.
As I said - I'm a non smoker so to me these things sound 'helpful' but I don't have that same addiction so can't really know xxx
I also have some solid information relating to cot death risks if that would help u imagine how it happens etc? That's kinda scary so don't wanna bombard unless u want another thing that may or may not wk!
Hope I haven't offended, just practicing techniques and info we just have been trained on.
I'm sure you will do it
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20-06-2012 11:12 #21
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20-06-2012 12:17 #23
I gave up 5 years ago after maybe a year or two of trying off and on (which I think all adds up to strengthen your willpower rather than seeing them as failures).
I told myself that if I really wanted the odd one now and then I could and it wouldn't be a big deal. I didn't buy any and happened to stop hanging around people who smoked and it petered out.
20-06-2012 12:18 #24
I quit the day my dr called to tell me! So went cold turkey, I then just told myself I wasn't allowed any more smokes after 2 Weeks I didn't miss it. Good luck
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20-06-2012 13:32 #28
I quit when I decided I was ready to start trying. I just stopped, have never had another cigarette since. There is no such thing as only smoking a little bit. Every cigarette you have is a conscious choice, so it is within your power to not do it. Every time you say no to that craving you've won.
I read the book by Alan Carr: The Easy way to Quit Smoking.
Read it - it really does help the way you think about it. Good luck - you can do it!
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20-06-2012 13:54 #29
Hey, I quit a few years ago (wasn't pregnant at the time, so not sure if its different).
I read Allen Carr's easy way to stop smoking. I was on 20 a day and I can honestly say that by the end of the book I have never wanted another cigarette. DH hates reading, so I got him the DVD and it was exactly the same for him.
It might not work for everyone, you have to read it with a really open mind and take on board everything the book says. But it can't hurt to try right? I smoked throughout reading it (i binge read it in about 6 hours!) and had 4 ciggies left in my pack. I was living in dorms, so I just went accross the hall and gave them to my mate - her looking at me like 'yea, right, you'll be asking for these back in a couple of hours' lol. Never even touched one since - doesn't even bother me being around smokers
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20-06-2012 14:01 #30
Thankyou all so very much for your wonderful support and advice, I am so determined to not smoke as of tomorrow. I will let you all know how I go. Thankyou again, you are all wonderful
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